If you thought the Italian police had a fine deal with its new Lamborghini Huracan, you’ll love this.
British performance outfit Ariel has furnished the UK’s constabulary with a special one-off Atom, decked out in full police trim.
Dubbed ‘Atom PL’, the new special picks up the requisite light bar along the top of its roll bar, along with the the familiar blue and ‘high-vis’ yellow chequers.
The real kick though is the PL’s powerplant: an upgraded 2.0 litre supercharged four-cylinder Honda unit producing a (relatively) monstrous 260kW.
Responsible for shifting just 550kg and its pilot, the Honda engine promises a properly ‘rocketus’ 0-100km/h time of just 2.5 seconds.
Now, we’re only taking a punt here, but we reckon that probably makes this the quickest accelerating cop car on the road.
If you’re a suddenly panicked crook, you can relax. Like Italy’s Huracan, the Atom PL is bound for strictly promotional work. You won’t be chased through Cheshire by this one.
Still, Ariel boss Simon Saunders says he won’t mind if the police do find a need to engage in a hot pursuit.
“If a police officer is driving it, then it’s a police vehicle,” he told Car & Driver magazine this week.
“We don’t imagine it will be used for too many pursuits, though.” (The fuzz will likely use a Mondeo for that.)